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An Aeromedical Safety Officer (AmSO) is an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist (by education/training/experience) who is also a qualified Aviation Safety Officer (ASO).  Human factors is a general term encompassing many areas, aerospace physiology being one.  First and foremost, an AmSO is about PREVENTION.  The purpose of the AmSO is to counter all physiological threats facing today’s public safety and emergency flight crews. AmSOs counter physiological threats by providing the various aeromedical safety programs which offer specialized consultation, technical liaison, evaluation, and recommendations in all aeromedical aspects of aviation safety.  This includes providing expertise in physiology and survival training, Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) and other health-related issues.  The AmSO can:

a. Serve as the agency’s/company’s safety program advisor on all matters pertaining to aeromedical aspects of aviation, ranging from crew rest to aging, from human factors analysis in mishaps to ALSE to emergency escape systems to physiology and survival requirements. Because aeromedical issues and subject matter is diverse in nature and broad in scope, the AmSO can only be effective by interfacing with all levels within a command/division/agency.

b. Assist the agency/company ASO in monitoring force protection initiatives designed to promote safe operation of aircraft.

c. Establish firm liaison with resources and operations personnel in conjunction with safety personnel to ensure state-of-the-art mission specific, and relevant physiological threat briefs.

d. Support aircraft accident  investigations. This support is provided as either a full member or as a technical advisor to the agency/company.

e. Participate in flight operations when it is necessary to provide this specialized aeromedical support during actual flight operations.

f. Overall, the AmSO would be involved in or in charge of:

     • Writing/reviewing health policies

     • Providing input to health issues in support of the ASO

     • Providing physiology/health training

     • Providing crew health monitoring

     • Interfacing with the Flight Surgeon/Medical Examiner regarding health issues

     • Assisting in ALSE selection and T&E

     • If needed, carrying out research

     • Providing human factors input related to flying operations or aircraft layout

     • Providing water survival, rescue swimmer, and rescue diver training

     • Providing physical fitness training

     • Providing human factors related training such as CRM, ORM, etc.

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